Should this come as any surprise with a President who has a surgeon general who hates the second amendment? Of course not.
This stunt that doctors are pulling is his idea, and it should make us question the need for a surgeon general in the first place if a surgeon general thinks their role is to undermine the second amendment.
From The Washington Post:
A visit to the doctor’s office often comes with the sort of personal questions not asked anywhere else except, perhaps, the depths of an online dating quiz: How many sexual partners do you have? How much booze do you consume in a typical week? Do you smoke? Do you wear a helmet when you ride a bike?
Is there a gun in your house?
If that last query feels unusually probing, even for a medical exam, there’s good reason. The question is a bone of contention in states like Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott signed a 2011 law aimed at restricting doctors’ inquires about the firearms in their patients’ lives. Doctors who ask about guns, for their part, may fear finding themselves far afield from their comfort zones.
But those factors should not deter physicians from asking about guns, according to a report published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, if they feel that line of questioning is warranted.
“Firearm violence is an important health problem, and most physicians agree that they should help prevent that violence,” wrote Garen J. Wintemute, a public health expert at the University of California Davis and co-author of the paper, in an email to The Washington Post. In the literature review, which doubles as a call-to-arms, the authors conclude it is neither illegal nor unreasonable to ask patients about gun safety.
“No federal or state law prohibits doctors from asking about firearms, counseling about their use, and — when there is imminent risk of harm — disclosing information to others who can help,” Wintemute said. Several states have mulled statutes similar to Florida’s, but none of the proposed bills have passed.
“Physicians seek to prevent important health problems at the individual and population levels,” Wintemute and his colleagues write. “They inquire and counsel—routinely in some cases, selectively in others—about a wide range of health-related behaviors and conditions. In certain circumstances, they disclose otherwise confidential information to third parties to limit the risk an affected person poses to others. Physicians generally do not do well at firearm related injury prevention, however. They ask infrequently about firearms and counsel poorly, if at all, though they are aware that the high lethality of firearms makes prevention efforts particularly important.”
What nonsense, and the rest of it reads like propaganda George Orwell would have written 60 years ago. It’s just too ridiculous.
You could use the rationale that anything is a health risk in order to ask a patient if they have anything in their house. You’d have to be fast asleep at the switch to not realize the laser like focus on guns exhibited by a leftist Surgeon General.
Major physician organizations agree. Doctors “should not shirk their responsibility” to educate patients about firearms, wrote Steven E. Weinberger, chief executive of the American College of Physicians, in an editorial accompanying the recent review paper. With some 33,000 deaths from gunshot wounds in 2014, guns have become a public health issue.
Just as many people die from car accidents, and liberals don’t want to know if you own one. That’s becuase this is nothing more than a backdoor attempt to amass a database of gun owners, and the only reason to do that is to set the stage for confiscation on a massive scale, in the name of a “health emergency.”
There’s no law (yet, and don’t say anything that gives liberals any ideas) that says you have to tell a doctor that you have one or face criminal charges.
As such, just say “no” to the question. It’s none of the doctors business and it has no actual bearing on your health anyway.